Nawaz Sharif inches away from PML-N's presidency as party constitution amended

Kalsoom Nawaz discharged from hospital

Sharif had earlier appeared before the accountability court on Sept 26, a day after returning from London.

Last month, Sharif's wife won his former parliamentary seat in a by-election.

Meanwhile, Sharif is expected to be reinstated as the chief of his party- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) today after a scheduled party leadeship meet.

The recent passage of the Elections Bill 2017 - a set of laws to reform Pakistan's election system - by both the Lower and Upper houses of Parliament has already paved the way for the former prime minister to once again take the helm of the PML-N.

"Sharif has been disqualified under the Article 62 of the Constitution and can not hold any office", Qureshi said and announced to challenge it in the Supreme Court. The former prime minister has denied that he received any salary, or knew anything about the payments, which first were discovered after he was elected prime minister for a third time in 2013. Back in office a few years later, he was overthrown by a military coup in 1999 and exited to Saudi Arabia along with other family members.

This is effectively being seen as a move to ease Sharif into the position.

Earlier, the National Assembly on Monday passed the Elections Bill 2017 amid a strong protest from the opposition parties, which enabled a disqualified MP to hold office of a political party.

In late July, the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Sharif as a member of the National Assembly, finding him guilty of corruption in the Panama Papers case.

After hearing the arguments, the court subsequently issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar while bailable arrest warrants for Maryam Nawaz.

The PML-N has also convened a meeting of its general council today and tomorrow to formally begin the process of re-electing Sharif as the party's president.

"The indictment is still pending and it would be discussed at the next hearing on Monday (October 9)", he said.

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